Monday, August 20, 2012

Monday This and That

My home...It is my retreat and resting place from wars,

I try to keep this corner as a haven against the tempest
outside, as I do another corner in my soul.

Michel Eyquem De Montaigne

Friday night was special. The rain held off until well after I got home, and when it finally did come, I was so prepared.  Off went the lights and the curtain was pulled.  Turned out not to me much of a storm, but it did cool the night down some.  Saturday I was up early and headed out to the supermarket by 9 am.  It was so nice and cool.  A great touch of fall to be sure, but only a tantalizing hint of what was to come because it seemed that the heat had returned by the time I got out of the store. 

As you may have already guessed, the pictures today are of my home.  Not as clear as I would like as they were taken from my cell phone.  I've been saving up for a new and better camera.  The picture above is in my living room above my computer work space.

So, the rest of my Saturday was spent slaving away in the kitchen.  The newness of experimenting with sodium free recipes has worn off, and cooking has once again become a chore to me.  It wasn't always that way.  I used to love to cook, so much so that I took a certification course in catering and used to work parties with my sister-in-law. I thought perhaps I had cooked myself out, but this Wednesday we are having a farewell party for a co-worker who is moving onto better pastures and are all bringing in a dish.  I find myself looking forward to putting it together. Perhaps I just need a crowd to cook for. I've chosen to bring a cold pasta salad of sun-dried tomatoes, basil, garlic, olive oil, olives, and chunks of mozzarella cheese. 

This is one of hubby's collection of masks.  This one is from Africa.  It's quite a magnificent piece.

The above mask is from Columbia. 

This is a little altar set up by the entrance door.  It changes throughout the seasons. 

This beautiful arrangement stands next to my china closet.  It's about five feet tall and everything but the roses is made from wicker. They stand in the following beautiful vase.

Forgive the blurriness.  My knees would not let me kneel to get a better view. And finally.....

One of my favorites.  Hubby and I have had this painting almost twenty years now.  It holds a prominent place over my dining room table.

So, there you have a short tour of some of my favorite things, some of the things make my home a home, a place to come home to and kick off my shoes and want to stay awhile.  More to come, but for now, I will leave you with the following:

What is home?

“A roof to keep out the rain? Four walls to keep out the wind?
Floors to keep out the cold? Yes, but home is more than that.
It is the laugh of a baby, the song of a mother, the strength
of a father, warmth of loving hearts, lights from happy eyes,
kindness, loyalty, comradeship. Home is first school and first
church for young ones, where they learn what is right, what
is good, and what is kind, where they go for comfort when
they are hurt or sick; where joy is shared and sorrow eased;
where fathers and mothers are respected and loved, where
children are wanted; where the simplest food is good enough
for kings because it is earned; where money is not as important
as loving-kindness; where even the tea kettle sings
from happiness. That is home. God bless it!”



  1. Thanks for inviting me in Mary. Loved the tour and seeing what makes you "YOU".
    I use to love to cook too. What's up with that! sighhhh
    Have a great week m/f. (((hugs)))Pat

  2. I feel exactly the same way about my home...

    it is my sanctuary.

    I love seeing the pics of your new apartment Mary. It looks very warm and inviting. I love the masks they are so kewl.

    Your pasta salad sounds yummy.

    Happy Monday Mary

    love and hugs Sharon

  3. -clapping hands- Oh I am sooooo delighted with the home tour. So delighted. And delighted with you saying, that there is more to come.

    Thank you, thank you, thank you. :-)

    Gentle hugs,

  4. Loved seeing the photos of your home! And that pasta salad sounds delicious!

  5. Thanks for sharing bits of your home with us. You and your hubby have some wonderful things.
    I also used to love to cook, but these days it's just a blech chore. Gotta find some motivation.

  6. I also loved seeing glimpses of your home and special items. It's always nice to see what brings another person joy in their home. My apartment is small but it is a sanctuary for me as well.

  7. What a wonderful glimpse into your life and home Mary. :) It feels peaceful, beautiful, and serene. I'm still so happy you are out of that old, dreadful, apartment!!!

    I'm with you on the cooking thing. I really don't like to stand and labor over a hot stove or oven anymore. I did enough of that in my work life...some 35 plus years? Uugggh! lol
    So your salad sounds yummy and healthy too! I'm all about quick and easy now.

    I pray you have a beautiful week Beloved One!